HOYLAKE, England – Rory McIlroy would have a sterling record this season – if the events were 54 holes.
The quickest starter in golf – his Round 1 scoring average (68.15) is tops of any worldwide player – also has a case of the Fridays. His second-round scoring average is 72.23.
Last week in Scotland, and for the second time in less than two months, McIlroy backed up a low opening round with a round of 78. He went 63-78 at the Memorial. His 64-78 start at Royal Aberdeen sent him tumbling down the leaderboard, eventually resulting in a T-14 finish.
Seven times this season he has shot a nine-hole score of 40 or worse – and, remarkably, six of those came on a Friday.
Video: McIlroy on poor Friday rounds (Click here for full interview)
In worldwide events this season, McIlroy is 51 under par in the first round, 19 under in the third round and 20 under on the final day. In the second round? He’s a combined 9 over par.
When asked Tuesday at the Open Championship if the freaky Fridays were beginning to play with his mind, McIlroy conceded, “Yes, it does. One that I’d like to stop this week.”
“It’s more I just got it into my head, and I may be putting a bit too much pressure onmyself, going out on Fridays and trying to back up a score,” he added. “I have no problem shooting a low one on Thursday, so there should be no reason I have any problem shooting a low one on Friday. I think it just got into my head.”